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+ October 28, 2022
After Tornado, UDLC is a Rock for the Community
When an EF-2 tornado struck sections of their community on September 1, 2021, the people of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church went into action. With 140 families left homeless and 1,400 homes severely damaged, the church became a hub to distribute supplies and dispense hope to affected residents. In the year since, UDLC has
  • issued grants totaling more than $51,000 for basic needs 
  • offered mental health support to congregants and community members 
  • collaborated with local, state, and national organizations to coordinate the ongoing response
  • hosted a resource fair and inter-faith service to mark the 1-year anniversary during UD Strong Week August 28-September 1

Next month the congregation will provide 150 ready-to-heat meals on Thanksgiving morning to families recovering from the storm or other financial circumstances.
Volunteers Needed:
Eastwick Flood Relief
Since Tropical Storm Isaias brought devastating flooding to the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia in August 2020, relief organizations identified 50 families who needed help with rebuilding of homes and replacement of heating and cooling systems. Volunteers have contributed 4,000 hours to date. Contractors have installed 26 air handlers and 6 hot water heaters as well as repaired electric and plumbing in several homes.

Help us complete the remaining 15 cases by the end of the calendar year. Volunteers, skilled in general construction/carpentry, as well as those willing to learn, are needed. We also are looking for licensed and insured contractors. Full funding is available for all materials and contractor labor.
  • Volunteer on Saturday November 12, 2022! 
  • Indicate your interest in volunteering on other days that become available. 
  • Insured and Licensed Contractors: Please contact us for opportunities related to general construction. 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Sgriccia
For Bear Creek Youth Retreat
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $45 per person
Option: Extend your retreat overnight until Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Additional $30 per person. Limited space available

How Should We Respond to Christian Nationalism?
The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields will host a Zoom presentation and dialogue on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm with Dr. Philip Gorski, a sociologist at Yale University, and co-author of the new book “The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.”

Please join in-person or on Zoom for this timely conversation, just one week in advance of the November 8 elections. Join in-person at St. Martin’s, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

For more information contact the church at or at 215.247.7466.
Just announced: The theme for the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering, MYLE, the tAble, and Young Adult Gathering is “Created to Be” based on Psalm 139:14— “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
Charity Concert at St. Michael’s, Unionville

Enjoy an hour of classical music with orchestra and vocalist including selections featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s A Mighty Fortress Cantata in support of St. Michael’s fundraising efforts for Rise Against Hunger. This free event is will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 4 pm at St. Michael’s located at 109 E. Doe Run Road, Unionville, PA 19375.

Food donations for the Kennett Square Food Bank and free-will offerings for Rise Against Hunger will be accepted.
In Case You Missed It...
Central American Cultural Festival at Emmanuel, Souderton
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton invites you to a Central American Food and Cultural Festival on Saturday, November 12, 5-8 p.m. at the church, 69 W. Broad St., Souderton PA, 18964. This event benefits the rebuilding of 1,000 student desks destroyed by hurricanes in Santa Barbara Honduras in 2020.

Electronics Recycling Oct. 29 at St. Paul's, Telford

St. Paul’s “Green Team” is sponsoring electronics recycling on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the church at South Main Street and Lincoln Avenue, Telford. See this information sheet to learn what can and cannot be recycled. Questions: Contact at
Open Call for St. Peter’s Boar’s Head Festival

You can help St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord as a cast, choir, or crew member of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival – celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023.

This uplifting musical celebration on Saturday, January 7, depicts 2 stories: the journey the wise men took to greet our newborn Savior, and the medieval celebration of the slaying of the wild boar, symbolizing the Christ Child’s triumph over sin. 

Open Casting Call: There are a variety of roles to fill: volunteer actors (leads and extras), singers, instrumentalists, and stage hands of all ages, identities, and abilitiesNo prior experience requiredAll are welcome!  

Tuscarora Youth Retreat
March 24-26
Save the dates! The 2023 Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Retreat will be held Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center, Mt. Bethel, PA. The theme is Justice, Mercy, Love. Registration opens in December.

Learn more at the retreat website:
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